Following the death of a trader manhandled by men of the Department of public transport in Calabar, Cross river state, the State government has promised to bring the perpetrators to book.
The activities of the DOPT has sparked outrage on social media as they are been accused of going beyond their area of jurisdiction in executing their jobs thereby overstepping limits.
A statement signed by the Permanent secretary Ministry of Information ,Ayi Henshaw reads;
“Cross River State Government Commiserates with the family of late Michael, a trader killed in Calabar
during a disagreement with officials from the Department of Public Transportation (DOPT)”.
” The government is assuring the family that all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that those involved in the death of Michael are brought to book and made to face the necessary punishment.
In view of this, the government has directed the Acting Chairman of DOPT to investigate the matter and bring all those involved in the incident to the police for trial and prosecution with a view to serve justice to the family “.
The state government however, called for calm and order while steps are taken to unravel the remote causes of the clash that led to his death.
Reports reaching us say another victim, a wheel barrow pusher had one hand severed and the other wounded by the DOPT officials and is currently hospitalized